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Not-for-profit social enterprise Re-Engineering Australia Foundation has launched a new initiative this month designed to take technology to high school students in New South Wales and Queensland.

STEM On The Move Technology Centre is a custom built tandem trailer equipped with the latest 3D design and manufacturing products sourced from around the world. The mobile laboratory and workshop, which began its journey on 11 February, will be visiting 35 high schools from Port Macquarie up to the north of New South Wales, across the border into South East Queensland, then inland to towns along the New England Highway. The program will conclude on 25 February.

REA Foundation Founder and Chief Executive Dr Michael Myers OAM explains that the STEM On The Move Technology Centre is equipped with a range of the latest 3D printing technology, laser engraver, CNC milling machine, vinyl cutting machine, computers and other equipment.

Describing the trailer as a mobile science, technology, engineering and mathematics classroom, he said that the STEM initiative will be visiting regional areas to provide teachers and students with a state-of-the-art learning experience. The mobile classroom not only showcases the latest technology to design-manufacture-test-appraise objects, but also provides student outcomes for programs including F1 in Schools, 4X4 in Schools and SUBS in Schools.

According to Dr Myers, REA has always focussed on encouraging young people towards STEM careers by giving them access to technology that even some professional engineers have never used. REA’s F1 in Schools program, now into its twelfth year, has attracted more than 300,000 students across the nation. 

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